Shillong, June 26: The Seng Samla Shnong Mairang Bah will felicitate young actress, Sylviana Lyngdoh Mawlong who bagged the “Best Actor (female)” award in the recent Prag Cine Award Northeast-2017 held at Kokrajhar in Assam.
Fifteen-year-old Sylviana was the first actor from the state to be honoured at such a young age for her role in a movie.
Sylviana, who hails from Mairang Bah, will be felicitated by the Seng Samla Shnong Mairang Bah on July 15.
Sylviana featured in Dak Bangla, the first Khasi horror film released in December last year.
Directed by Kitbok Kharmalki and produced by Justice Marweiń of Umjer Production, Sylvania’s father, Bobby Basaiawmoit, is a co-producer of Dak Bangla.
The young actress played a double role in the movie — one as a mentally ill girl who cannot speak and is bound to a wheelchair in the haunted house she lived in, after members of the family that had lived in the bungalow earlier were killed, including a 12-year-old, who was gang raped by three men in the house.
Her other character was the spirit that haunts the house that takes revenge on her perpetrators.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Sylviana expressed her gratitude to her parents and those responsible in making the movie
“As a child, I dreamt of becoming an actress. At the age of 14 I acted in Dak Bangla and I am looking to be part of Bollywood one day. I am ready to face any challenge,” Sylviana said.
Her father also said he was proud of his daughter particularly her achievement, and urged parents to support their children and recognize their latent.
At the age of 12, Sylviana had participated in Dance India Dance Season 3 in 2014, won the Dance Meghalaya Dance title in 2015.
Meanwhile the Seng Samla Shnong Mairang Bah criticized the state govenrment for not recognising young talents in the state, though it was ready to extend financial support of over Rs 2 crore to Rock On-2.
“The state government seems to be not interested in promoting local Khasi films and tap the talent,” the Seng Samla said.